In a city where many hotels can be expensive, Casa D’Or offers excellent value for money.
Transfer from the airport: all very smooth and easy, exactly as arranged via email beforehand. US$33 for a 15 minute journey.
Location: perfect for Hamra, with the American University less than 5 minutes walk away and the Corniche 5 to 10 minutes. The central business district with the re-constructed French buildings, the new souk and the delightful Zaintunay Bay is about 25 minutes walk; the bar/restaurant area of Gemmayzeh about 35 to 45 minutes (or under 10 minutes in a taxi). Whilst Hamra is certainly one of the more authentic and vibrant districts in the city, I would probably stay in the re-built central business district area on a subsequent visit, as the centre of gravity of Beirut continues to move eastwards.
Check-in/front desk: everyone was delightful and very helpful. However, they could provide better maps of the city (in general, there are very few street signs and names in Beirut).
Room: very clean, with fridge and hot plates (not used by me), clean bathroom with decent pressure for the shower. The hotel might want to consider offering hair conditioner as an amenity. They gave me a kettle for my stay. Very comfortable bed. Room was a decent size. There was continual, low level noise from the large air conditioning units in the back courtyard (I had requested a room at the back, to avoid the noise of the traffic/frequentl taxi honking at the front); in addition the in-room air conditioner was somewhat noisy, plus there was a light hum from the fridge – so this is not the quietest of hotels. The room curtains were very thin, so if your sleeping pattern is sensitive to bright morning sunlight from pre 6 am, remember to take eye shades. Internet access worked very well, but cost $22 for around 24 hours of access spread over 6 days (but remember to log out when done otherwise the meter keeps clocking).
Breakfast: very good – cereals, breads and pastries, cold cuts, cheese, eggs, fruits. You can request an omelette. The waiter was a bit grumpy. The breakfast room was calm and tastefully furnished (indeed all the communal areas were well appointed and felt calm compared to the frenetic pace of Hamra outside). Potentially the hotel could offer an espresso/cappuccino machine, rather than just filter coffee. Wi-fi worked smoothly in all the communal areas.
Other: there is a food supermarket (Co-Op) less than 5 minutes away (turn right out of the hotel, then immediately left and it is about a block away on the left hand side). To buy drinks, there is a shop called 24/7 on Hamra (turn left out of the hotel, left on Hamra – about 5 minutes away on the left hand side near Starbucks). There are innumerable coffee shops and restaurants very close to the hotel.
I would have no hesitation in recommending Casa D’Or
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Casa D'or Hotel is located at the intersection of Hamra Main Street and Jeanne D'arc Street right in the middle of the shopping and business area in downtown Beirut, 15 minutes from the airport. We are 10 minutes' drive to any locations in downtown Beirut. (5 minutes 'walk from AUB main gate.) The hotel offers a welcoming reception area with free Wi-Fi, restaurant offering a wide variety of local and international cuisine, conference room that hold up to 30 persons. All rooms were designed with customer comfort in mind to feel at home once you check in. European style furniture, satellite LCD TV and a private bathroom with a bath or shower, hairdryer, free toiletries, electric kettle, tea/coffee facilities, work desk, direct dial phone, in room digital safety deposit box, self-controlled air-conditioning and heating panel, carpeted floor. Casa d’or understands the finer points in hospitality, where excellent service is a norm rather than an exception. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Casa d Or Hotel